Guide: Summer 2013

I’m writing this while the sun is shining bright and merciless, frying your brain when you walk on the sunny side of the street, softening your heart when you lie in the park. Summer is without question the seasonal reason for hundreds, thousands to move to Berlin every year. Although, Berlin’s summer is always coming too late, staying too short, leaving too early.  It’s desperately yearned for, thoroughly enjoyed and crushingly missed.
Anyway, right now it’s full on and to be revelled every day, every hour, every minute and here are some tips on how to do it right:


Being the most famous outdoor pool of Berlin means being crowded all the time, Prinzenbad is not for people who like to swim alone, yet they have the best Riffelpommes of the city and a lot to see: especially during school holidays the pool is filled with youngsters fighting for attention. It’s certainly a Berlin experience you shouldn’t miss.

Prinzenstraße 113-119

10969 Berlin Kreuzberg

Mon–Sun 07:00–20:00 (summer season)

Winterfeldt Market
Hands down, this is the best farmer’s market in Berlin: Winterfeldt Market has everything you are looking for and more: fresh Brazilian ice cream, many farmers from local and organic farms, the most beautiful bouquets of field flowers, great Thai food and a perfect Tiramisu sold at the small coffee stall in the middle of the market. Be prepared to spend all your money.


10777 Berlin Schöneberg

Wed 08:00–14:00,
Sat 08:00–16:00

Thai Park
A park where fresh and authentic Thai food is prepared, cooked and served by Berlin’s Thai community is something that should be on every must-visit-list. Read more here.

Fehrbelliner Platz

10707 Berlin Wilmersdorf

Fri-Sun 11:00-20:00,
depending on weather

Sacrower See
There are hundreds of lakes in Brandenburg, it’s hard to decide which is the best, considering they’ve all got particular perks – Sacrower See is located in a beautiful forest with long walking paths surrounding it. It offers only few spots around the lake to get into the water, but makes up for it with very clear and fresh water.

If you’re looking for as much sun as possible, Teufelsberg will have it – the longest sunsets, the most beautiful sunrises. And also the slowly decaying structure of a former NSA listening station.

Tempelhofer Feld
The giant former airfield of now closed Tempelhof airport has been declared Berlin’s biggest city park just three years ago – it’s still in the process of afforesting, thus not offering a lot of cooling shadow, but it certainly has the longest lanes for skate-boarding, roller-skating and all other things demanding long lanes. And also a beautiful urban gardening section called Allmende Kontor, about which you can read more here.

In case you feel adventurous and have some time on your hands, the Baltic Sea is just about 4 hours by train or car away from Berlin. How about a weekend trip to Rügen, for example. Read more here.

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Bully’s Bakery
The best Flammkuchen of Neukölln and many other delicious treats are made at here, read the review here.

Friedelstraße 7

12047 Berlin Neukölln

Mon–Fri 09:00–19:00,
Sat–Sun 10:00–19:00

Looking for a place to start a summer’s day with the perfect Eggs Benedict breakfast on a breezy terrace? This is it. Read more here.

Jägerstraße 35

10117 Berlin Mitte

Mon–Sat 09:00–23:00,
Sun 09:00–17:00

3 Minutes sur Mer
The name says it all, here they serve French bistro food in a beautifully designed space on busy Torstraße. See more here.

Torstrasse 167

10115 Berlin Mitte

Mon–Fri 18:00–23:00,
Sat–Sun 10:00–23:00

Our favorite restaurant to have Thai food. In all of Berlin. Read here why.

Kantstraße 133

10625 Berlin Charlottenburg

Daily 12:00–00:00

Das Lokal
The team of the canteen of Chipperfield Architects opened this space when their former location was closed down. In a beautiful yet laid-back interior with many whites, they serve seasonal, local and organic German cuisine. The canteen just recently opened again (read more here), luckily, Lokal will stay open. In summer only at nights (and with a short break from 14-27th of July).

Linienstraße 160

10115 Berlin Mitte

daily from 17:00-23:00,

Companion Coffee
Currently our favorite when it comes to third-wave coffee. Read more here and see other delicious coffee places in this guide.

Oranienstrasse 24

10997 Berlin Kreuzberg

Mon–Sat 10:00–19:00

Street Food Thursday
Also a must-see, Markthalle IX assembles the finest in food happening in Berlin every Thursday from 5pm. Come with an empty stomach, leave with a happy heart. Read more here.

Eisenbahnstrasse 42–43

10997 Berlin Kreuzberg

Standert Popsicle
Berlin has a thriving ice-cream scene, but ice-cream doesn’t always need to be creamy – refreshing popsicles are served by this bike shop in Mitte. If you want more ice-cream, see our guide.

Invalidenstraße 157

10115 Berlin Mitte

Mon–Fri 11:00–20:00,
Sat 12:00–19:00

Du Bonheur
In case you, like me, miss a possibility to get fresh Cannelés in Berlin, this French patisserie will be your solution.

Brunnenstraße 39

10115 Berlin Mitte

Wed–Fri 8:00–19:00,
Sat–Sun 09:00–19:00



Schwarzhogerzeil II
Imagining yourself only wearing cute dresses this summer? This is where you’ll get the French version of cute. Read more here and see the whole guide on this very fashionable Mulackstraße here.

Mulackstrasse 23

10119 Berlin Mittte

Mon–Fri 12–19h,
Sat 12–18h

Rianna in Berlin
Imagining yourself only wearing fancy and colorful 70s kaftan-dresses this summer? This is your store. Read more about this vintage paradise here.

Große Hamburger Straße 25

10115 Berlin Mitte

Mon–Sat 12:00-19:00

Still and of course a favorite of ours when it comes to concept stores in Berlin. Read more here.

Oranienstraße 24

10999 Berlin Kreuzberg

Mon–Sat 10:00–20:00

Shakespeare & Sons
Do you still need this one certain book to read by the lake or in the park? This beautiful book store featuring mostly English and French books will give you a lot of inspiration: see here.

Raumerstraße 36

10437 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

Mon–Sun 11:00–20:00

The fanciest glasses in town are also made in town: Mykita is the most interesting glasses brand coming from Berlin and will make a perfect souvenir to take home. Take a look into their Mykita manufacturing house here.

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 6

10178 Berlin Mitte

Mon–Sat 11:00–19:00

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Bar Drei
Bar Drei lies just behind Volksbühne and is thus a favorite for theater people – other add-ons would be it’s minimalistic interior, excellent music and cold Kölsch.

Weydingerstraße 20

10178 Berlin Mitte

Tue–Sat 21:00–05:00

Buck and Breck
Buck and Breck caters to those in need of excellent cocktails, mixed by bartenders with extensive knowledge of alcoholic beverages. Ring the bell, be as friendly as you can and hope for entry, if all seats are filled, they won’t let you in.

Hackbarth’s is a low-key and autochthonous Mitte bar opened just after the wall came down in the then deserted Mitte. They offer everything you need for a good summer night: cold beer, decent drinks and space to sit outside.

Auguststraße 49A

10119 Berlin Mitte

Mon–Sat 10:00–04:00,
Sun 10:00–24:00

Diener is the place to go to experience some Charlottenburg atmosphere and get some great Königsberger Klopse with your beer.

Grolmanstraße 47

10623 Berlin Charlottenburg

daily 18:00–02:00

Paris Bar
Paris Bar is not only a bar, but a restaurant with art works by Spoerri and Kippenberger lining the walls – some call it Café de Flore of Berlin.

Kantstraße 152

10623 Berlin Charlottenburg

daily 12:00–02:00

A very likeable bar in the very hyped Weserkiez of Neukölln. We had fantastic drinks there, served without the sometimes annoying arrogance of over-achieving bar tenders.

Weserstraße 42

12045 Berlin Neukölln

daily from 19:00

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Prater is the biggest and most popular of all Berlin’s beer gardens and still one of its best.

Kastanienallee 7-9

10435 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

Biergarten: April – September,
daily from 12:00,
Restaurant: Mon–Sat from 18:00,
Sun from 12:00

Henne is located just off Oranienplatz, offering the eponymous chicken, beer and schnaps with a small but pretty garden to sit in.

Leuschnerdamm 25

10999 Berlin Kreuzberg

Tue–Sat 18:00–24:00,
Sun 17:00–24:00

Café am neuen See in Berlin’s central park Tiergarten is usually very crowded on weekends but offers a nice hide-away during the week, especially during the morning.

Lichtensteinallee 2

10787 Berlin Tiergarten

daily 09:00–24:00

Clärchen’s Ballhaus on Auguststraße has the best Berliner Buletten – ’nuff said.

Auguststraße 24

10117 Berlin Mitte

Sun–Thu 11:00–24:00,
Fri–Sat 11:00–04:00



Kunst-Werke Berlin just recently got a new director – and Ellen Blumenstein dedicated the whole summer to define the institution her way. Pass by to check up on her progress.

Auguststraße 69

10117 Berlin Mitte

Wed–Mon 11:00–19:00,
Thu 11:00–21:00

Berlinische Galerie is known for their effort to support very young artists with extensive exhibitions. Currently on show is photographer Tobias Zielony’s new series which I reviewed here.

Alte Jakobstraße 124-128

10969 Berlin Kreuzberg

Wed–Mon 10.00–18.00

Blain|Southern is located in one of the most beautiful gallery spaces in Berlin. This summers’ show is Nasan Tur. Get a preview of the space here.

Potsdamer Straße 77–87

10785 Berlin Tiergarten

Tue–Sat: 11:00–18:00

Michel Majerus Estate is exhibiting the artist’s pieces in his former studio space in Prenzlauer Berg and you can get tours on request. See more here.

Knaackstraße 12

10405 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

Sat 11:00–18:00,
and by appointment

Schinkel Pavillon just off Unter den Linden can’t only be proud of being located beautifully in a classicist architecture by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, but also to exhibit all artists currently praised in the Berlin scene. This summer’s show is dedicated to a video piece by Jeremy Shaw.

Oberwallstraße 1

10117 Berlin Mitte

Thu–Sun 12:00–18:00


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  1. isabel on


    super beautiful pictures!

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      thank you :) it’s iPhone only!

  2. StreetLounge on


    Thanks for those “advices” – gonna check some! :)

  3. miss-t on


    I have been following your blog for a long time now and just want to give you a HUGE thank you for the info here. Great advices, I wish I had enough time to do them all (you know, work, family, and only 24 hours a day – unfair!).

    Can I also ask something? Do you know where one can get a real Sicilian Cannoli in Berlin? One with Ricotta cream and not with those disgusting Nutella filling they have in some Italian delis? My cravings to a decent Cannoli are driving me a bit nuts.

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      hey, thanks for the HUGE compliments :)
      sadly, I am not a big fan of Cannoli and thus have never looked for them myself, but I will keep my eyes open!

  4. StreetLounge on


    I would like to ask something, I completely forgot about it: last year you had this very awesome SUMMER MIX TAPE 2012. I was waiting for such a one this year?

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      I will ask Florian to do one!

  5. Lorelai on


    Great summer guide, thank you! Have you ever been to Schleusenkrug Biergarten ( right in Tiergarten? Not only the beer, but also the food is great: they do barbecue and superb Flammkuchen! I think this might be added to the list :)

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      Certainly! It has a super-beautiful location, but is quite noisy thanks to the train rails just next to it, no?

    2. Lorelai on

      I actually never even heard the trains so far. You sit right under so many huge trees, get to watch boats going through the lock and it is a big Biergarten with usually many guests chatting and laughing, maybe there were too many diversions…

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